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We're excited to see the field of competitors who have already won their golden ticket and registered to compete at the 2022 World Food Championships. And we are always proud to announce our special guests and celebrity judges participating in our judging events across the nation - we're sure the championship food certainly helps! Best of luck to our 2022 competitors!


East Texas Girl Griller

HEAD COOK: Janet Baker

COMPETITION: World Invitational Steak Championship - SCA

I grew up in East Texas around a family full of wonderful cooks. My family always enjoyed and supported my cooking. I started competing in a few BBQ Cookoffs about 14 years ago, mainly local competitions and some IBCA sanctioned events. This is my 4th year competing in the Steak Cookoff Association (SCA). My first competition was March, 2016 at the 903 Brewers in Sherman Texas, I won my first steak competition that day and I have been hooked ever since, traveling around Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana with my little red Weber and GrillGrates, competing in SCA events. I'm by no means a professional chef, I just enjoy cooking. My first time to cook at the World Food Championship was November of 2016 and I tied 13th over all. In 2018 at the WFC in Alabama I received a 4th place call in the Culver Duck ancillary category, my 2nd time to cook duck ever. I was happy with the call. I received a 3rd place call in the SCA Steak Cookoff at the 2019 WFC, my first time to compete in the Top 10. The Hearts of Texas Grilling Team, Kathy Pullin, Carl Lewis and I ended up 6th overall in the Top 10. Cooking at the WFC is a challenge and I am honored to have the amazing Kathy Pullin of Pullin Premium BBQ and Carl Lewis, official cook for the John Boy Billy Show and owner of Carl and Chelle's Grill Room as part of the team again in 2020. Kathy has competed on Guys Grocery Games, and the pilot episode of BBQ Rig Race were she made it to the final two, numerous morning shows and has successfully competed against some of the best BBQer around. Kathy is brand ambassador for Hassel Cattle Co., B&B Charcoal Gunter Wilhelm, Pit Barrel Cooker Co., John Boy Billy Grilling Sauce, and the list goes on. Carl Lewis, we all know he knows a few things about cooking, no doubt about it!! He knows his way around the kitchen and his very successful restaurant, Carl and Chelle's Grill Room, preparing some fine food that keeps the people coming back for more. He is an amazing chef hands down. The Hearts of Texas, will compete once again at the worlds largest food competition to be held in our home state, with the goal of hitting that 1st in the Top 10, in Dallas at the WFC 2020. See y'all in TEXAS!!!!!